In contrast to the previous game, two other players, Sebastian Firnhaber and Christoph Steinert, were infected with the corona virus and are missing from the DHB squad. At the same time, both Luca Witzke and Lukas Mertens, who are also in quarantine, have already made their way home. On the other hand, Hendrik Wagner was able to test himself free from the second division club Ludwigshafen and is there for the first time.
The Swedes are aiming for the next success with the self-confidence they have gained. “We finished second in the preliminary round and didn’t take a point into the main round. That means you have to win all four games if you want to go to the semifinals. Now we’ve had two games in two days and have four points on the table Account. On Sunday we’ll meet a really strong German team. They’ve had a lot of changes, but they still have top stars from the Bundesliga. There aren’t any favorites for this game,” explained left winger Hampus Wanne.
However, Alfreð Gíslason reminded that reaching the semi-finals was considered a difficult task even before the tournament started. “We didn’t talk about the semi-finals even though we had our full squad. Our goal was to go through to the main round, now we’ve lost two games against top teams. These games were important for our team to learn for the future . On Sunday against Sweden we are not the favorites, but we still play to win,” said the DHB coach.
After the two clear defeats against Spain (23:29) and Norway (23:28), the German team must not allow themselves any further slips in the fight for entry into the semi-finals in order to maintain the minimum chance of progressing. The DHB selection is currently only fourth with two points. On the other hand, Sweden was able to work out a good starting position after recent sovereign successes against Russia (29:23) and Poland (28:18) and is now level on points with the second-placed Norwegians.
Have a wonderful good evening and welcome to the third main round match day of the European Handball Championship! The German team wants to score two important points against Sweden. It starts at 6 p.m. in the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.